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Cary puts bounty on old toilets

Posted June 3, 2008

— Town officials said Tuesday they would pay $60,000 to take hundreds of older toilets out of service in Cary and Morrisville so they can be replaced by water-saving commodes.

“As a community that has long been on the forefront of water conservation, we are pleased to begin implementing this new program as one more way our citizens can continue our successful culture of conservation,” water conservation coordinator Marie Cefalo said in a statement.

The town will pay $150 rebates for customers who buy high-efficiency toilets to replace older models. Older toilets use 3.5 to 5 gallons of water per flush, while the high-efficiency ones use 1.28 gallons, officials said.

The rebates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 400 high-efficiency toilets purchased. Families can claim up to three rebates, while commercial property owners can claim up to five.

“In Cary, we’ve found that our greatest source of indoor water usage comes from toilets. So, if 400 toilets per year are replaced, the town could save an estimated 2.6 million to 4 million gallons of water per year,” Cefalo said.

The prices of high efficiency toilets are comparable in price to regular toilets, beginning at $119.

To apply for a rebate, customers must mail a completed application and attach the original receipt dated on or after June 3. A town inspector would visit the home or other property to verify the new toilet has been installed before officials issue a rebate check.


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  • wstarhawks Jun 4, 2008

    If you don't go ahead and change them out voluntarily i am sure it is just a matter of time before the city council makes low flow toilets mandatory.

  • Oct Jun 4, 2008

    What are they going to do with the old toliets? Can they be recycled?

  • mom2threecld Jun 3, 2008

    maybe they could share this thought with the town of wendell

  • rogers922 Jun 3, 2008

    My house was built in 1994 and it came with 2 low-flow toilets. You have to flush them twice if not three times to empty them. I waste more water than is supposedly being saved. Give me the old fashioned cr^pper and a brick any day of the week.

  • XLAW Jun 3, 2008

    At least Cary isn't DeKalb County, GA, where, starting this coming Sunday, any house sold built before 1993 must have 1.6 GM toilets. It will be an offense to flush the old toilet and in order to have water connected the new purchaser must present a certificate from a licensed plumber, home inspector or local water official. 1993 was chosen because that's the year 1.6 GM toilets became mandatory. Of course the orignial 1.6 GM toilets were very inefficient and required many flushes. The newer ones work much better and we swapped out the original 1.6 for a Toto in our guest bathroom and would highly recommend it.

  • Wheelman Jun 3, 2008

    What a bunch of cr*p! Yes, the pun is intended. Just put a couple of bricks in the tank to take up space and you will save almost as much water and a big "bowl" of money not buying new toilets. Besides that, you won't be filling up the landfill with a bunch of old toilets. The only toilets we flush everytime is the downstairs one that guest would use.

  • bill0 Jun 3, 2008

    Wow! A local government doing something proactive to prevent a long term problem. Amazing! It is a cheap and simple way to save millions of gallons a year. The legislators in raleigh should pay attention and expand something similar statewide.

  • DurhamDude Jun 3, 2008

    Unless you are getting a pressurized toilet, look for a tank that is tall and skinny vs short and wide. A friend of mine has a one piece toilet where the tank is very low and wide, and it flushes terrible.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Jun 3, 2008

    Will this offer also include Cary's trailer parks? I'm sure SAS employees will get first preference.

  • carolinakhaki Jun 3, 2008

    "I have 3 Sterling (Kohler) 1.6 GPF toilets and they work great."

    Agreed - we put in two of those last summer and they do a great job. Wish we'd waited and could've gotten a rebate...oh well. :-)

    And just to echo others here, swapping out a toilet is one of the easiest jobs in the world. It definitely doesn't require a plumber.